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Fat Tony’s Grill & Sports Bar

May 28, 2010

  • 5222 Portage Road
  • Portage, MI 49002
  • (269) 342-9200
  • No Known Website
  • Menu

After a really long day at work, I came home looking for food.  I wasn’t in the mood to cook and J said she wanted a wrap or something.  I pulled up menus for three or four places and let her choose.

The place she chose was Fat Tony’s Grill & Sports Bar on Portage Road just south of the I-94 interchange in Portage.  It’s a place we’ve driven by often, but never remembered when it came time to find dinner.  I didn’t know it then, but we were missing out on something.

We were met by a hostess when we walked in and she took us to a pub table in the back of the space.  There is a pretty large dining room and a nice big bar.  For some reason, she took us to a four top back near the gaming area.  It wasn’t a big deal because there was no one playing darts or Golden Tee, but it seemed like an odd choice when there were two top pub tables in the dining room.

The menu is pretty typical pub fare, but with a twist.  It took J a little while to decide between a couple different sandwiches, so the waitress got me a Coke and J an Iced Tea while she figured it out. 

A few minutes later the waitress came back.   J decided on the Albuquerque Turkey.  The sandwich starts with rustic sourdough bread that is filled with smoked turkey, cider-cured bacon, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, red onion and a chipotle sauce.  The bread had a nice golden grill mark on it sort of like a grilled cheese.  She seemed to be a big fan of the sandwich with nothing but good things to stay about it.  For her side, she opted to upgrade to Sweet Potato Fries and added a fennel mayo dipping sauce. She really liked the fries and said the mayo was like nothing she’s ever had before.  The fennel gave it a great licorice like taste.  The fries had a sprinkle of cheese and parsley to add a little bit of a fancier feel to them and they were nice and crispy.

On our way in, I noticed a marker board near the hostess station that had a pretty unique sounding burger on it.  It wasn’t on the menu, but when I asked about it, the waitress knew what I was talking about.  The sandwich is called the Large Marge.  It’s an 8 oz burger with two fried eggs, three strips of bacon between two complete grilled cheese sandwiches.  I could feel my arteries clogging up and my heart screaming for me to order something else, but I couldn’t resist.  I’m weak.  Every single element of the burger was delicious on it’s own.  When it was all assembled together, it was even better.  The grilled cheese sandwiches were better than what mom used to make.  The burger was still juicy and the fried eggs were perfect.  I couldn’t find the bacon on the sandwich, but that was ok.  It would have made the sandwich tastier, but let’s give the ol’ ticker a little break, huh?  I actually took about half the grilled cheese off.  Not because it was too much or it tasted bad but just because I started feeling guilty about the enormous amount of calories I was consuming in one meal.  For my side, I went with the fries which were also delicious.  They were lightly battered and fried crispy.

Our bill was about $25 which included the upcharges for J’s fries.  Fat Tony’s surprised the heck out of both of us.  We both assumed it was just a typical sports bar, but the food was much, much better.  They have a pretty unique menu of bar food with a flair.  I don’t know why we’ve overlooked this place because it’s really the type of we love.

Albuquerque Turkey w/Sweet Potato Fries

Large Marge w/Fries

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  1. May 2, 2012 12:06 pm

    Your pic does not do this sandwich justice. I got a better one. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the damn thing when it arrived at the table. I kinda just stumbled onto this place on my drive back to IN from a ski trip. Ridiculous and ridiculously gooood! …and I guess they must’ve added it to the menu. As of Feb. 22, 2011, it was listed. Get it!!!

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